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2012 Montagu Flood – Cogmans Kloof Pass is open

10th of August:

The Cogamns Kloof Pass is now 100% open and the ‘Stop/Go’ has been removed (both lanes are open).

9th of August:

The ambulance has been found about 1.5 km’s downstream from where it entered the river.  The Quantam passenger carrying vehicle was on its side with the roof having been wrenched off during is journey down the river (pics below).
You can read more info about the driver of the ambulance here.
Members of the Diving Unit and Metro staff are searching the river and rivers banks looking for the driver of the vehicle.

The municipality are working flat out at repairing the road.  The ‘Stop/Go’ in the kloof is a short one and waiting periods are no more than 5 minutes most of the time.  The Metro Rescue Incident Command Unit is also in Montagu at present.

8th of August:
  The Cogmans Kloof Pass between Montagu and Ashton is now open on a ‘Stop / Go’ basis.  The ‘Stop / Go’ section is no more than 500 meters long – this is to bypass a missing section of road that got taken out by the flood water – see pics below.

Many thanks to the Municipality, Traffic and Police services for their assistance during the floods.

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Aside from the pedestrian bridge, Montagu West is still cut off by flood water.  The Cogmans Kloof pass appears to be passable but is still closed while clean up operations take place.

An article in The Times says “All the drama will return on Friday due to another cold front. By Saturday, there will be an 80% chance of rain before it starts to clear. No snowfalls are expected.

The water level is dropping – Police Divers went down the river yesterday at 18:00 to look for the ambulance but were unsuccessful as the water was probably still too high and fast moving.

After heavy rainfall last night and this morning, Montagu is flooded in with incoming roads from the N1, N2 and pass to Ashton being closed.

Rain is still falling in Montagu.

There is a report of an ambulance driving off a bridge into the river on iol.co.za

Many thanks to Ron Brunnings and the Montagu Mountain Reserve for the use of some of their photos.

Below:  Video footage of the Montagu flood from the 7th of August 2012 from the the AMS rescue helicopter which was dispatched to the R62, Montagu to search for the missing driver of a patient transport vehicle.
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Click here to see what the kloof looked like before the floods

3 Responses to 2012 Montagu Flood – Cogmans Kloof Pass is open

  1. Kobi Aug 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Great pics and good article!

  2. Emily Blott Aug 17, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks for the article Justin. Great photos – very dramatic! Thought you might also be interested in a blog post on The Horse’s Mouth which also has footage and photos of the recent floods. http://excelsiorwineblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/sunshine-after-the-rain/

    Kind regards, Emily

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